Udeshika Prabodini and Sripali Weerakkody struck early for Sri Lanka but a vital partnership between Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk took South Africa home by 7 wickets in the two teams’ 1st outing at the Women’s World T20.
The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team crashed to an..
Former South Africa skipper Mignon Du Preez lofted a delivery from Weerakkody over cover for 4 to end what turned out be a comfortable chase for the Proteas, but things hadn’t started quite so easy for the women in green.
Left-armer Prabodini got the ball to move around and claimed the wicket of youngster Laura Wolvaardt with the last ball of the 1st over and then Weerakkody stepped up to claim the big wicket of Lizelle Lee as South Africa stuttered early in their chase of 100.
Marizanne Kapp, who was promoted up the order, was joined by captain Dane Van Nierkerk and the pair put on 67 runs for the 3rd wicket to take the Proteas within striking distance of the target before the latter was out LBW to the off-spin of Shashikala Siriwardene. Mignon Dupreez made an unbeaten 16 to finish things off for South Africa.
Earlier in the day Kapp had starred with the ball, alongside the pacey Shabnim Ismail as the duo went for just 23 runs between them in 8 overs, while picking up 4 wickets. That proved to be the difference between the sides as the you did feel that if Sri Lanka had managed 20-30 runs more, they could really have given South Africa a run for their money.
The fact that Sri Lanka got to 99 in their allotted overs was thanks largely to a latter order charge by wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara, who made 20 off 12 deliveries, making her the only woman to go at over a run-a-ball in Sri Lanka’s innings. Shashikala Siriwardene had made 21 earlier in the piece, with wickets falling on the other end.
Sri Lanka’s bowling was tight, with Siriwardene in particular returning impressive figures of 1/12 in 4 overs, but with just not enough runs on the board, the bowlers could do little to stop the experienced South African batters.
Sri Lanka will next face Bangladesh on the 15th of November, in what will be a crucial encounter for both teams.
Sri Lanka Women
South Africa Women
Sri Lanka Women’s Innings
|Yasoda Mendis||b S Ismail||1||8|
|Chamari Athapatthu||lbw by Kapp||3||10|
|Hasini Perera||c Kapp b Daniels||6||13|
|Shashikala Siriwardena||b Sekhukhune||21||27|
|Oshadi Ranasinghe||c Lee b Van Niekerk||5||16|
|Nilakshi de Silva||b M Klaas||10||16|
|Eshani Lokusuriyage||b S Ismail||9||15|
|Dilani Manodara||not out||20||12|
|Sripali Weerakkody||b S Ismail||0||2|
|Udeshika Prabodhani||not out||0||1|
|Dane van Niekerk||3||0||7||1||2.33|
South Africa Women’s Innings
|Lizelle Lee||c Manodara b Weerakkody||1||3|
|Laura Wolvaardt||b Prabodhani||4||4|
|Marizanne Kapp||lbw by Siriwardene||38||44|
|Dane van Niekerk||not out||33||45|
|Mignon du Preez||not out||16||16|
|Nilakshi de Silva||1||0||9||0||9.00|